Brampton is Canada’s ninth largest city and it’s full of incredible people. From those who are working their way through daily life to those who are creating impactful works of art and beyond, recognition in our city is so important - the calibre of people who live here are extraordinary, after all.
Now, Brampton’s Arts Walk of Fame is getting four new members to recognize some important Bramptonians for excellence in the arts industry.
“Hailing from Brampton or having spent their formative years there, each has been selected for achieving excellence in the arts and entertainment industry, for building pride in the Brampton community, and inspiring emerging artists and creators,” reads a recent release.
And the inductees are…
Julien Christian Lutz, aka. Director X, is an internationally renowned director who has directed high-budget videos for such big names as Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, and Kanye West. He won Best Feature at the Atlantic Film Festival for his directorial debut in 2015, and recently directed "Superfly" for Sony, Columbia Pictures, which is in theatres this June.
Her first collection of poems, Milk and Honey, sold over three million copies, was translated into more than 35 languages, and took the title for #1 New York Times Bestseller for over 100 consecutive weeks. Her second book, The Sun and Her Flowers, debuted as a global bestseller in 2017. Kaur has been named one of Forbes's 30 under 30 and one of BBC's 100 Women of 2017. The artist has been drawing and painting since the age of five, and writing and performing since the age of 17. She’s performing at the Rose Theatre in Brampton on April 26, 2018.
Another incredible creator from Brampton, Nawaz is the mastermind behind the 2005 ground-brekaing documentary Me and the Mosque, and the hit comedy Little Mosque on the Prairie that ran on CBC from 2007-2012. What’s she up to now? Well, Nawaz recently wrote a bestselling comedic memoir called Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, and she hosts CBC’s The Morning Edition.
William Perkins Bull
Perkins Bull was a successful lawyer, financier, philanthropist, and historian from Brampton, who created thirteen published volumes on Peel Region’s cultural and natural history. He started his study on Peel County’s history in the 1930s, and it also grew into a collection of artifacts, archival records, and artworks. In fact, the archives reading room at PAMA was named after him in 2006, and in 2007 the Ontario Heritage Trust honoured him for establishing provincial historic significance.
The four new inductees are joining 17 other acclaimed Bramptonians on the Arts Walk of Fame, including such big names as Russell Peters, Michael Cera, Othalie Graham, Keshia Chante, Exco Levi, Rohinton Mistry, and more.
Each inductee is set to be honoured in individual presentation events, followed by their recognition as part of the Arts Walk of Fame. An Evening with Rupi Kaur at the Rose Theatre is the first of those, on April 26, 2018.
You can find the Arts Walk of Fame in Garden Square in downtown Brampton. It was created in 2014 as one of Brampton’s key recognition programs.